Restoring habitat for shore-spawning kokanee in Kootenay Lake

Project Year: 2022-2023

Multi-year Project

Photo: Province of BC

Project Lead

Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society


Columbia Region

West Kootenay

Project Type

Monitoring & Evaluation

FWCP Contribution


Action Plan Alignment

Reservoirs & Large Lakes

Project ID


Shore Spawning Kokanee Restoration & Research Project Year 3

This multi-year project to increase kokanee fry survival focuses on collecting data and restoring habitat for declining shore-spawning kokanee in the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.

In addition, potential sites for future restoration will be identified using on-the-ground monitoring and drone images.


Update: More than 100 m² of kokanee spawning habitat enhanced

To enhance spawning habitat in the West Arm of Kootenay Lake for shore-spawning kokanee, the project provided ideally sized gravel near-shore at a lower elevation to reduce the risk of the redds dewatering.

Other goals achieved included comparing egg-to-fry survival in the new spawning gravel compared to a control area and using novel tools like drone imagery and groundwater measurements to locate other kokanee shore-spawning sites.